Master of Data Science

The Master of Data Science is an entry-level postgraduate course that complements any existing skill set and provides opportunity to up-skill for positions that have a rigorous quantitative aspect. Graduates from this program will be well-equipped to tackle complex data science challenges and play a leading role in the future development of data science solutions globally.

Why study Data Science?

In the digital age data is the core asset of every organization. It provides the basis for sensible, evidence-based decision making, and the ability to manage and make sense of the modern workplace. The volume of data is growing exponentially hence the employment demand for data scientists is growing strongly.

The Master of Data Science is an entry-level postgraduate course that complements any existing skill set and provides opportunity to up-skill for positions that have a rigorous quantitative aspect.

Why study at UNE?

UNE has had extensive experience teaching computer science and IT.

We have expanded our core course offering to offer Post Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Master of Data Science.

The Master of Data Science is designed for graduates from all disciplines to complement their existing skills with a solid background in statistics and computer science, preparing them for advanced subjects in data science.

Career Opportunities

Data science is a rapidly growing field with outstanding employment prospects for appropriately qualified professionals. Potential positions include: data scientist, business intelligence analyst, data engineer, data architect, data strategist, healthcare data managers, bioinformatics analyst, computational scientist and research scientists.


How do I choose my units?

Firstly, from the Course Rules you must choose the Program of Study relevant to rule under which you were admitted.  For example, if you were admitted under Rule (a) you choose the Program of Study for candidates admitted under Rule (a) and so on.  You will find the units approved for your course in the Program of Study.

The Research/Capstone Experience units COSC591 and SCI501, are normally completed towards the end of your candidature. You will complete all Core Units at the commencement of your candidature with the 100- and 200-level units providing essential knowledge and skills to enable you to complete higher level units.  This enables you to use the knowledge and skills you have gained from the course work units completed when you are selecting topics for COSC591 and SCI501.

Unit details such as the trimester of offering, unit coordinator’s name and contact plus advice on any special requirements for the unit, are provided on the Course and Unit Catalogue.  Simply enter the unit code in the Unit field under Quick Search on the left-hand side of the screen.

On campus students

When you have determined which units you wish to enrol for, you must check the Timetable to ensure that for there are no lecture clashes.

How many units should I enrol for?

Online students

When deciding how many units you want to take, you should be realistic about the time you will have available.  We recommend that you should be able to devote between 12 to 15 hours per unit per week to your study.  When deciding how many units you want to enrol for you need to consider your personal and work commitments.

On campus students

We recommend you spend between 12 and 15 hours per unit per week on study which means if you enrol in a full-time load (four units) you should plan on spending 48 to 60 hours per week on academic study.  It is important to consider this if you are planning to look for part-time employment.

How do I plan my study?

It is recommended that you follow the Course Plans provided for your course.  These have been formulated taking into account prerequisites and the trimester of offering and ensure that you complete units in the correct sequence and gain maximum benefit from your studies.  If you are unsure about your enrolment, you should contact the Course Coordinator for advice.

If you should fail one or more units, it is strongly recommended that you contact your Course Coordinator for advice on how to adjust your course plan, taking prerequisite requirements and trimester of offering into account, to ensure that you are able to progress your studies.

I’ve completed study at another university – can I get advanced standing (credit) for that?

Please note: Advanced standing will not be granted for COSC591 or SCI501.

If you have completed prior study at a tertiary institution you may be eligible for advanced standing (credit or recognition of prior learning). Please scroll down to the “Advanced Standing towards UNE Science Courses” tab, for advice on what you are required to submit with your Advanced Standing application.

Please note:  It can take up to eight weeks to have an application for advanced standing processed so you should submit your application well before the beginning of the trimester in which you intend to commence study. This is especially necessary if you need to know what advanced standing you have been granted in order to enrol in the correct units.

Who do I contact?
... for advice about what units to choose?

Your Course Coordinator who can provide advice while taking into account your background and the course requirements.

... for advice about a unit, assessment, etc?

The Unit Coordinator whose contact details are provided on the unit’s Moodle site as well as in the unit information on the Course and Unit Catalogue.

... if I have problems enrolling online?

Student Administration and Services – +61 2 6773 2000

... if I can’t access MyUNE?

Contact the IT Helpdesk on 1800 763 040.


For general and administrative enquiries, AskUNE.

Enquiries about the Master of Data Science at UNE can be made to the Course Coordinator.